September 6th, 2002


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buy my art here!

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i have two permanent accounts with live journal, both of which i use at times to promote and sell my artwork. one of them is integrally related to my website. if the abuse team wants to harass me, i'll just go to dead journal or some other service. i encourage everyone else who might want to sell something to post it today. this is bullshit!
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the email i just sent to lj abuse

it has recently come to my attention that you have put lj user ana on notice that she may not promote her work or sell anything through her journal.

i have two permanent accounts, one integrally attached to my website. both are occasionally used to promote and try to sell my artwork. that is part of my life. it will continue to be part of my journals, even if my journals have to move to another service.

i am particularly disappointed that you have chosen to single out ana. she was hugely responsible for promoting your service early on, bringing hundreds of users , including myself ,to you.

if you are going to start suspending people who advertise themselves or their work in their journals, i suggest you broadcast a post to everyone so that half your paid users can move elsewhere.

dave moyer (user names farbel and i)

David Scott Moyer
Artist in Residence at

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they have not attacked us or anyone else since the gulf war, and don't even bring up shooting at US warplanes invading their airspace. that is self defense and harmless too, as we have seen. attacking a sovereign nation without provocation is not self defense. that is like shooting your neighbor because he is mad at you about your barking dog and he owns a gun. it's not self defense until he actually threatens you with that gun. actually, it's more like going over to his house when he's having a party and killing a few of his guests to get to him, just in case he comes by to shoot you tomorrow with that scary gun.

bush is too much of a coward to try to settle things like a human, by brains instead of brawn.

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yes, someone did turn ana in to abuse, and yes she was warned by an abuse nazi, but evidently it was all a big boo-boo. all the rule is aimed at is people embedding banners into comments and spamming and the like. self promotion, whether for profit or not is quite ok in your own journal.

thanks brad!

please pass this on if you posted in your own journal about this...

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from The New York Times

September 4, 2002
9/11 Lesson Plan

The Times just ran an article about the trouble teachers were having in deciding what to tell students on Sept. 11. That's a serious question. This is a moment for moral clarity, and here are the three lessons I would teach:

Lesson #1: Who are they? This lesson would emphasize that while most people in the world are good and decent, there are evil people out there who are not poor, not abused — but envious. These extremists have been raised in societies that have failed to prepare them for modernity, and the most evil among them chose on Sept. 11 to lash out at the symbol of modernity — America. As the Egyptian playwright Ali Salem put it in Time magazine, "Beneath their claims . . . these extremists are pathologically jealous. They feel like dwarfs, which is why they search for towers and all those who tower mightily." Their grievance is rooted in psychology, not politics; their goal is to destroy America, not reform it; they can only be defeated, not negotiated with.

Assigned reading: Larry Miller's Jan. 14, 2002, essay in The Weekly Standard: "Listen carefully: We're good, they're evil, nothing is relative. Say it with me now and free yourselves. You see, folks, saying `We're good' doesn't mean `We're perfect.' Okay? The only perfect being is the bearded guy on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The plain fact is that our country has, with all our mistakes and blunders, always been and always will be the greatest beacon of freedom, charity, opportunity, and affection in history. If you need proof, open all the borders on Earth and see what happens. In about half a day, the entire world would be a ghost town, and the United States would look like one giant line to see `The Producers.' . . . So here's what I resolve: To never forget our murdered brothers and sisters. To never let the relativists get away with their immoral thinking. After all, no matter what your daughter's political science professor says, we didn't start this."

Lesson #2: Who are we? We Americans are not better than any other people, but the Western democratic system we live by is the best system on earth. Unfortunately, in the Arab-Muslim world, there is no democracy, too few women's rights and too little religious tolerance. It is the values and traditions of freedom embraced by Western civilization, and the absence of those values and traditions in the Arab-Muslim world, that explain the main differences between us.

Assigned reading: "An Autumn of War," by the military historian Victor Davis Hanson: "Our visionaries must be far clearer about the nature of our struggle. In their understandable efforts to say what we are not doing — fighting Islam or provoking Arab peoples — they have failed utterly to voice what we are doing: preserving Western civilization and its uniquely tolerant and human traditions of freedom, consensual government, disinterested inquiry and religious and political tolerance. . . . We must cease the apologetic tone we have developed with the Arab world, and make it clear that their ministers who hector us are not legitimate without elections, their spokesmen are not journalists without a free press, and their intellectuals are not credible without liberty. The right to admonish Americans on questions of morality is not an entitlement, but something earned only through a shared commitment to constitutional government."

Lesson #3: Why do so many foreigners reject the evil perpetrators of 9/11 but still dislike America? It's because, while we have the best system of governance, we are not always at our best in how we act toward the world. Because we want to drive big cars, we support repressive Arab dictators so they will sell us cheap oil. Because our presidents want to get votes, they readily tell the Palestinians how foolishly they are behaving, but they hesitate to tell Israelis how destructive their West Bank settlements are for the future of the Jewish state. Because we want to consume as much energy as we please, we tell the world's people they have to be with us in the war on terrorism but we don't have to be with them in the struggle against global warming and for a greener planet.

The point, class, is that while evil people hate us for who we are, many good people dislike us for what we do. And if we want to win their respect we need to be the best, most consistent and most principled global citizens we can be.

Assigned readings: The U.S. Constitution, Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points speech and the Declaration of Independence.